City opens Cold Weather Overflow Shelter for 28th time

ST. LOUIS – The City of St. Louis will open its Cold Weather Overflow Shelter for the 28th time this winter.

The shelter serves homeless men, women, and children during extreme weather.

Arctic air is heading toward St. Louis, and a Wind Chill Advisory is issued for the NewsChannel 5 viewing area through Thursday afternoon. By Thursday evening, temperatures will fall into the teens and the wind chill may drop as low as -10 degrees.

The shelter is located at the 12th and Park Recreation Center, 1410 South Tucker Boulevard. It opens at 6:30 p.m. each day through Friday.

"I am convinced that without this important resource for our City's most vulnerable that the potential for fatalities from this extreme cold would have been very likely," Human Services Director Bill Siedhoff said. "We are fortunate that that has not been the case, in large part thanks to our sheltering operation and the many volunteers who make it possible."

It takes around $1,000 per day to operate the shelter.


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